Weekly wrap – Commencing Thursday 28 November 2019


Once again it’s a big Thursday for the early weekenders.  At Meta House, Blues Routes with Mirasol Aguila pay tribute to Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith, Etta James et al, while Joshua and Lisa do His & Hers at L.A.B. (formerly The Bodleian), Ernie Buck plays for a Thanksgiving dinner at Sundance Inn & Saloon, Phil & Antti bring you Lust in Music at Cherie’s Bar [cancelled], and The Extraordinary Chambers as usual are at Oscar’s on the Corner.  There’s also open mic/jam sessions at Good Times Bar and Ege Bar.

Friday night on the acoustic side we have the Sidewalk Cellist Duo at Java Tuol Kork, the return of Rob Narciso at Cloud, 1 Girl 6 Strings at Botanico, and there’s an open mic at Futures Factory presented by SmallWorld VenturesJeffro Starks is at Farm to Table, Geography of the Moon take on Alchemy, there’s Cecile Dahome’s Corazon Latino night at L.A.B., and it’s a modern pop icon tribute night with the house band at the Hard Rock Café.    Getting later and louder – Hypnotic Fist Technique are at LF Social Club and shoegazers Simoun are at Oscar’s on the Corner.

Further afield, Trowsers Down play at Banyan Tree in Kampot, and there’s an unnamed live band at The Harbour in Siem Reap.

On Saturday afternoon, the choir Musica Felice present their second and final concert for the year in the open air at Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra, while Scott Bywater is poolside at Villa Grange.  Later, Poca & Marleny are at Cloud, Robin Narciso is at LF Garden, Ernie Buck is at Botanico and Lisa Concepcion is at The K’s.  Louder, Stiff Little Punks play slightly unplugged and very unhinged at Ponytails Bar and Samsara are at Oscar’s on the Corner.

Come Sunday, Original Sessions Series 2 at Meta House continues with American indie songwriter William McCarthy – a real coup to have him add a Phnom Penh show to his brief tour in South East Asia.  Limited seating – advance ticketing at Last2Ticket.  See our weekly feature below.

Also on Sunday, Geography of the Moon play at The Vine, there’s a concert taking place at the Weekend Market at Futures Factory, and Ernie Buck is guest host at the Sunday Sundowner Sessions open mic at Tacos Kokopelli.

Don’t forget the brand new Dub Addiction album, featuring collaborations with MCs from around the globe (USA, Chile, Reunion Island, Cambodia, Indonesia, France, Switzerland and Germany).  You can check it out here.

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The Leng Pleng Weekly Feature

More about William

William McCarthy is a New York based singer-songwriter, who in recent years has launched a solo career after long years fronting the bands
and Augustines.

“His songs come across as intense and personal, and at the same time universal and anthemic, a voice shouting in the wilderness to see if it’s not alone after all.”

Read the whole feature here

Passing Chords:  a few things you might not know about…

Clara Shandler.  The Sidewalk Cellist plays everything from Bach to Nirvana to jazz to metal, and is closely involved with two organisations in Phnom Penh – Music Arts School and Empowering Youth in Cambodia.  After six trips to Cambodia in six years she’s now decided to stay for a longer while.  She runs lunchtime jam sessions at Music Arts School on Mondays and Wednesdays, and will be performing at Java Tuol Kork on Friday evening at 6 pm with guitarist Tsa Le.

Your pet musical hate:

Synthesized/midi string instruments – especially from artists that can afford to hire real musicians with real instruments to play on their albums! If you’re trying to produce your album in your mom’s basement and you have $5, well, okay, I forgive you for using computer generated string sounds. But if you’re a mega star and have millions, give some musicians a job! It is worth it not to have a bit of soul and not metronomic vibrato!

A private musical indulgence:

Playing lots of dissonance and making the sounds wobble and resolve.

The year you first came to Cambodia:


An early music memory:

Making a cello out of tinkertoys at age two and “performing” for my family.

What you do on a night off:

Clean house, catch up with friends, and read…. I’m such a nerd.

The country you want to visit: 

Turkey (once the political situation is a bit better), and the Balkans, and the Baltics, and Peru, and Malta, Spain, so many.

A stage habit or superstition you have: 

Remembering to play for the spirits and the people that aren’t there, just as much as for the people that are there….

Something people might be surprised to know about you:

My idol is Rumi.

A question from last week’s participant, Pavel Ramirez:  Do you use any stage props or costumes that you don’t wear on the street? 

Not so much costumes, because if I have my way and I’m staging a performance, I’d rather be in complete darkness.

A question for next week’s participant:

What is the most absurd thing that has ever happened during one of your sets?

Steve Porte Photo of the Week


Chiet Ukham, leader of the Kampot Playboys playing at Hops, November 23 2019

Let us know about your upcoming gigs, events, news and interesting activities: send information to gigs@lengpleng.com.

Stay safe out there, and see you around the traps.

your correspondent,

Guillermo Wheremount




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